Dirys, the Opulent Jagged Crown

Dirys is an unfortunate situation of a country. The line between the rich and impoverished is so thick and so undeniable that it the country has become a case-study against democracy and capitalism, despite how glowing and optimistic the ideas were out of practice. The lower class of Dirys are either miners or menial workers in shops and businesses, with no other options for position. The workers have it good, despite terrible conditions and treatment by their bosses. It's the miners that must go to their jobs every day to risk their life, sucking the spirit out of the ecosystem and pumping it into their boss' pockets. The upper-class (as there is no middle in Dirys) are extravagant, wasteful - and very affectionate towards games and parties. The lower will never understand the optimism of the upper, and upper could never conceive of the pessimism of the lower. The class divide has turned Dirys into a punchline where places like Liesdro have flourished in democracy.

Dirys was the first country to do away with a monarchy, and still the only to do so peacefully. To this day the system of politics in Dirys is lauded as genius throughout Acheron and some of Celestia - even if their class system isn't quite up to par. Dirys invented a system that puts the country in four sectors that are then given a certain number of seats based on the amount of income they bring in for the country. When an election occurs, residents are permitted to vote for one of the running parties so long as they can present identification and their last taxation slip. A representative is voted in for each sector, and the overall number of seats won by a party determines who becomes the leader of Dirys. It worked quite well in theory, and for a number of years, but the imbalance in definition for which sectors "made the most income" has been a subject of debate between laborers and their bosses.

There are currently four parties in Dirys that voters can choose from:

- The Miner's Party, who have won more seats in the past election than they ever had in total before, thanks to some minor electoral reforms passed over the past decade.. They currently hold 42 seats.

- The Militant Party, who have a harsh view on the social aspect of Dirys, not believing in the number of rights workers and the destitute have in comparison to the nobility. They also support increasing funding to the Diryn military. They currently hold 48 seats, enough to control their government.

- The Fayane Party, who preach environmentalism and are against industry. Due to industry being the backbone of Dirys they have not seen much success, but currently hold 6 seats.

- The Royalist Party, who is attempting to return a monarchy to Dirys. This party is not popular with the average Diryn, but has still managed to obtain 10 seats.
Currently, Dirys is lead by The Militant Party, making party representative Raul Dalte the Minister of Dirys.

A person from Dirys is Diryn.

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Sector A

Sector A of Dirys is considered the "Noble" sector, and acts as the official home for many of the nobility in Dirys, even if they live somewhere else. This trickery has allowed for Sector 1 to control 52 of the 106 seats, as the nobles pay their taxes out of a single sector.

The capital city of this sector is Dimant, whose senator is Kornelius Kross, a born nobleman and big belly of industry. Kross owns several mining businesses and refineries across and Dirys and in several other countries, and is said by many to be the richest man in the world. Dimant itself is a place that most could never even conceive of in dreams. Ballrooms leafed in gold. Streets lined with silver-crested lamp posts. Free healthcare from the best doctors in the world. All of this only accessible to registered Dimant citizens of course. And Dimant is the most expensive place in the world to live outside of a monarch's palace.

Other notable cities in Sector A include Emiq, where the old palace still stands, Arnal and Solv. The two latter of which are more industrial locations, as opposed to fully fledged cities, as many of the workers there don't have permanent residence within them. Instead, business owners of Dimant and Emiq control mines and refineries there. Arnal is closest to the northern mountains in the sector, and focus mostly on the harvest of diamonds, though some oil refineries can be found there as well. Solv on the other hand deal in the more dangerous materials, and only the most desperate of workers will take on jobs in Solv. They certainly pay better than the typical mining jobs, but the death risk is noticeably high.

Sector B

Sector B is seen more as a religious sector, though compared to other religious cities and holds throughout Fortuna, it's offerings are pathetic. A temple or two for Dirys' patron gods, larger burial sites, a few festivals throughout the year... The only notable aspect would be the location of The Men of the Land, a cult that worships the deity of wealth, Diassei. Sector B controls 26 of the seats, as the churches pay an increased value of taxes compared to Sectors C and D.

This sector's senator is Diasry Stephanio, a deacon with the Church of Wealth in the capital of Diassius - named after the deity. Diasry was raised in the church, and became interested in politics at a young age thanks to her father, a priest in the Church of Wealth, being heavily involved with the then senator of Sector B. She saw how religion and politics could work in combination with one another, and wished to bring the scripture of Diassei's pantheon to more of the country. Some suspect she is a cult member - if not leader - with The Men of the Land, but this has never been confirmed.

The city of Diassius is carved into the face of a mountain, and is said to have been blessed by Diassei herself - one might have to agree after seeing the rocks here. Inumerable veins are visible from every inch of the city, and most of them of high value. They seem unending, as well, with not a single vein running dry. This may have to do with the religious values of Diassius, however, who follow scripture to the letter and deign that mining may only be done on particular days, and only to certain extents. This has allowed the church state to make incredible wealth said to be a blessing from their deity.

Other notable cities in Sector B include Gemarton and Colony. Gemarton is an incredibly beautiful city on the water's edge, at the end of a long canyon. The sand is what Gemarton is most famous for. The beaches are essentially covered in rainbows, with some of the ore from the mountains somehow leeching to the beaches and coating the grains. Production in Gemarton is mostly relegated to the building of boats and stocking of ships for political and military travel.

Colony on the other hand, is a closed off city that no one has been permitted to enter. The sector allows for the walled village to remain, so long as they pay the fees - which they never seem to have a problem with. Colony is said to have been founded by Manim and Knox, a templar and sorcerer who came to believe that the Diassei worshipped in Dirys was a false idol, and that their true deity was locked away in the underworld. They were treated as insane, of course, but gathered enough followers to create their own religion noted as The Men of the Land. They formed their own city, as well, which is Colony. It is walled off, and only those with the key are permitted entrance.

Sector C

Sector C of Dirys is formed from the shared borders of Muerte and Liesdro to it's South. Thanks to this, it acts as a major trading hub, as well as a more heavily policed locale -- they trade with Liesdro, and "defend" themselves against Mot invasion. This sector controls 24 of the seats - though one might assume it ought to be more. However, most of the exports leaving Sector C were delivered from Sector A, B, or D, meaning the profits mostly go to those sectors - along with the tax. However, this does allow for Sector C to enjoy a number of duty-free offerings, allowing the people here to easily buy their way into nobility.

The capital city of this sector is Teche, which is a metropolis sitting closest to the edge of Liesdro. The Liesdron high speed rail makes a stop in Teche, allowing for those with the proper passes to easily pass between the two countries. Being a border city, there are a wide range of services available in the city, from a full guild district, a craftman's district, and numerous restaurants, taverns, and inns. The world famous circus troupe known as The Airborne Tesla Brothers marks Teche as it's home base, performing there more often than anywhere else in the world.

The senator of Sector C is Gavrilla Dalte, sister to President Raul Dalte. She's held her seat for several elections, and had in fact attempted to run for leader of the Militant Party, the position her brother Raul won. She claims to not hold any ill will towards him, and instead focuses her time on ensuring that her Sector is well taken care of. She is very supportive of the Attonian war, and the Diryn military in general. She has been the key force in filling every city in Sector C with national guard members, ensuring the safety of the Diryn people in times of "great turmoil" in the neighboring Muerte. With the recent allowance of Mot refugees, this security has only increased.

Other notable cities in Sector C are Skelen, Rupestia, and Gaarde. Skelen is the most recent addition to Dirys, having been formed in response to an outporing of Mot refugees. It lays on the other side of a Mot mountain range, and is heavily guarded village. The refugees are forced to live on top of each other in temporary housing built to keep them until they can be offered job placements. Until then, they find themselves under extreme military guard, and are limited in where they can go and what they can do with their time. Rupestia is a small village famous for artisan jewelry, with a population formed of descendants of Mot expats from centuries ago. Using methods taught in old Mot tribes, styles and methods of jeweling in Dirys, and some art history learned in Liesdro, the people here have become world-famous for their jewelry. A single piece can cost upwards of a thousand gold pieces - and so many try to make knock-off versions to make a buck, or just to look good. Finally, Gaarde sits at the tops of mountain peaks looking down on Dirys, and across the sea towards Aebrynis and Eleusia. It was originally built by the old militia of Teche, who wanted to be free of royal rule. They created their own city from a high vantage point, allowing themselves to defend and attack the royalist guard with great advantage. After the transition to democracy was completed, the militia opened the city publically. The city appears to be a small village from the top of the mountain, but becomes a large metropolis when the city is explored more deeply. Inside the mountain is an expansive, complex labyrinth of rooms and paths developed over hundreds of years by mountain dwarfs, and this is Gaarde.

Sector D

The smallest sector in size, but largest in population, Sector D is home to the majority of the lower class in Dirys. They hold only 4 seats, which essentially means they have no say in the political landscape of the country. This has lead to the desire to move to one of the other sectors - a high cost - being one of the top priorities of most residents. Those who don't wish to move, are either apathetic and have simply settled for the life fate dealt them, or are brewing revolution.

This sector's senator is Christel Lirrae, a doctor trained in Liesdro who won in a landslide victory. She moved to Sector D only a few years ago, but quickly made an impact with her desire to change the social and political landscape of the sector, beginning with the founding of a top-of-the-line hospital in the sector's capital. She has been working hard in the country's capital to make great change, and is seen as a hero by many youths in this sector.

The capital city of Sector D is Enezenn, which is where Lirrae set up her hospital. She made a point of hiring local workers to do as many of the untrained jobs as possible in the place, paying them a fair salary and offering numerous benefits. She also set up learning programs, which has vastly changed the streets of Enezenn. Where once it was littered with drugs and crime, now the citizens seem to police themselves, and take a great pride in their city. Numerous initiatives have been put forward for citizens to fix broken buildings, replace graffiti with political murals, erect parks and schools. The city is still a work in progress, but anyone can see the work that Lirrae and the citizens of Enezenn have put in is making an impressive change.

Other notable cities in Sector D are Austa, Valleefeel, and Telon. Austa is a village that focuses on fabric production, from wool sheep to cotton plants. They were once under the control of bigger industry owners situated in Sector A, but have recently started numerous home-run businesses that - while producing a more expensive product - has seen unexpected success. Valleefeel is the main agricultural centre of Dirys, being an expanse of farmland as opposed to a true village, though there are small business scattered throughout the many acres. Telon is one of the worse off cities in Dirys, being a bastion of crime and anger. The drug and sex trades are alive and well in Telon, and nothing that Senator Lirrae does seems to quell the darkness of the place.

Landmarks

Abandoned Palace

The old palace is one of the only things left from the days of the Diryn monarchy. It stands in Emiq, sprawling and still grand in appearance, despite the dirt, dust, and remnants from numerous break-ins deflowering its appearance.

The government has tried numerous times to pass a movement to demolish the old palace, or at least to repurpose it into a school or otherwise, but enough resistance has existed to keep it in place - empty, abandoned. Some even claim the place is haunted, having seen figures moving around in it at night, and strange noises. Others say that would just be squatters or rebellious youths - which seems the more likely explanation. Still, one must wonder...

The Boneway

At the heart of the Dimant sewers in Dirys lies a collection of hidden tunnels, alcoves, and chambers known as the Boneway. Built near the earliest days of the city the Boneway has served many functions, from storage to prison to impromptu tomb, before finally being lost to time until it was rediscovered by the Shroud assassin order. The Boneway now serves as the order’s main sanctuary within Dirys and a site of refuge and supply for its members, from where they can access a system of tunnels and pipelines leading throughout Dimant. The sanctuary has so far eluded even the most vigorous search carried out by Dirys law, though there is speculation that the searches themselves are hindered by influential members of the government, with Dimant nobility making up its fair share of Shroud clientele.

Crystal Canyon

The crystal canyon in fact has little to do with crystals at all - though it is certainly a canyon. Thanks to the rich veins of the mines on either side of the canyon, and the flowing river at it's base, the canyon has become home to a special growth of fungi. This fungi has an incredibly bio-luminescence, and an almost rock-like structure, making it appear as though the canyon is coated in rough palates of crystal. The fungi are supposed to be poisonous however, so it is advised that visitors not touch them.

Jewel Shore

Considered a part of the city of Gemarton, in Sector B, the Jewel Shore is a magnificent beauty to behold. Through some kind of godly magic, ore from nearby mines has seeped into the ground near this beach, colouring the sand in beautiful ways. Emerald, sapphire, ruby, diamond, crystal -- each grain of sand has a different appearance and glitters before the eyes of anyone who looks upon it.

The shore is a popular place for weddings, and so a section of it is cordoned off for private events. The rest is public - though well-guarded - and it is considered illegal to remove sand from the beach.

Masquerade Ballroom

While dance is incredibly popular throughout Dirys, and balls are held almost daily, the Masquerade Ballroom is incredibly unique. Instead of allowing entrance only with membership, or only by paying an expensive cover, or somehow having connections that allow you entrance, it is open to all. No matter your class, no matter even if you are from another country, no one is questioned on entry - and masks are required. Here in this ballroom, your only identity is the one you choose to wear.

The ballroom itself is a marvel, with the floors and walls being covered in mirrors to aid in the world-changing experience it provides. A band is elevated on a floating crystal pedestal in the centre of the room, playing above the guests and filling the room with beautiful, classic music. The ceiling is a massive window that allows for the moon and stars to trickle in their light, while chandeliers designed to look like stars provide more useful light. If there were a list of places to visit before death in Fortuna, the Masquerade Ballroom would certainly be at the top of that list.